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St. Augustine, Florida

We have a family friend who lives just outside of Jacksonville, Florida, who happened to have a spare room for us to stay in (and a puppy!), so our intention was to hang around for a weekend. We ended up sticking around a liiiiiittle bit longer, but that’s another post coming up.

Our gracious host took the day off work (!) to show us around St. Augustine,┬áthe oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States (fun wiki fact for you). It was founded in 1565… I can’t even comprehend that.

It was a very quaint little town, reminiscent of Quebec City in an old, historic way.

The wax museum

Famous St. George's Street
Famous St. George’s Street
The oldest wooden schoolhouse (on record in 1716, construction date unknown).
The oldest wooden schoolhouse (on record in 1716, construction date unknown).

Flagler College is such an attractive college…

Doesn't it remind you of Hogwarts?!
Doesn’t it remind you of Hogwarts?!

Campus
Campus
The Memorial Presbyterian Church, built in 1889 by Henry Flagler in honour of his daughter who died in infancy.
The Memorial Presbyterian Church, built in 1889 by Henry Flagler in honour of his daughter who died in infancy.

The inside of the Catholic church.
The inside of the Catholic church.
Christmas in Florida!
Christmas in Florida!
A pirate ship!
A pirate ship!
The ocean!
The ocean!
This Spanish fort (Castillo de San Marco National Monument), began in 1672, stood firm against English attacks and helped Spain to hold Florida for many years. During the American Revolution, it was a British stronghold.
This Spanish fort (Castillo de San Marco National Monument), began in 1672, stood firm against English attacks and helped Spain to hold Florida for many years. During the American Revolution, it was a British stronghold.
We saw a simulation of a cannon firing!

We had lunch (Cuban sandwiches!) at Columbia Restaurant, which I highly recommend. Great food and atmosphere.

Small town, quick day. Just what we needed for our first experience in Florida!

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